Are you wondering what to expect on the GED Writing test? The GED® Language Arts, Writing Test is divided into two parts, but the scores are combined so you’ll receive a single score. Here’s how each part of the test breaks down:
The first section of the GED Writing test is 75 minutes long and contains 50 multiple-choice questions from the following content areas:
- Organization (15%)
- Sentence structure (30%)
- Usage (30%)
- Mechanics (25%)
Part I is your chance to demonstrate your ability to revise and edit grammar, spelling, and other mechanical writing errors. You’ll be given passages that are roughly 200 to 300 words. These will be documents found in a workplace, business, set of instructions, or some other informational document, like why the rainforests should be saved or how to build a monument.
Each document, when corrected, is an example of good writing. Your grade will be determined by correctly answering multiple-choice questions based on how well you proofread and edit the passages.
The second part of the GED® writing test consists of writing an essay . You will have 45 minutes to plan, write, and revise your essay. The essay topic will require you to present your opinion or explain your views about the assigned topic. Two trained readers will score your essay on the basis of the following:
- Focused main points
- Clear organization
- Specific development of ideas
- Sentence structure control, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling
Each reader will score your essay on a four-point scale, and the scores will be averaged to find your final score. If you earn a final score of less than two on the essay, you must retake Language Arts, Writing, Part I and Part II.
WHAT TO EXPECT
For the test on paper, you’ll be writing in an answer booklet with two pages of lined paper. You’ll also be given scratch paper. You can work on the organization of your essay on the scratch paper before writing the final version in the answer booklet. You’re not required to fill both pages and there isn’t a specific word count. You are being evaluated on the substance of the essay, not the length.
Please note: If the grader cannot read your handwriting, it’s hard for him or her to give you a good grade!
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